Makers & Retailers - Peter & Ann Bateman

Peter & Ann Bateman

Peter & Ann Bateman were the daughter-in-law (widow of Jonathan) and son of Hester Bateman, regarded as the most well known of all English lady silversmiths of the 18th century whose work today highly sought after. Hester married the goldsmith John Bateman in 1732, and together they worked a small silversmith business. Following the death of her husband in 1760 she successfully ran her family business for thirty years and was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century.

Hester was known to have had at least five children, Jonathan, Peter, most likely John (recorded as a watch and clockmaker), Letitia (who married Richard Clarke), and Ann. Only Peter, Letitia, and Ann were still living at the time of Hester’s death. Hester registered her mark at Goldsmith’s Hall ‘April 16, 1761, as Hester Bateman in Bunnhill Row and this mark was used until 1790. The first mark contained a scripted lettered initials HB. That same year a registered mark of her sons Peter Bateman and John Bateman was entered however this partnership was short as Jonathan who married Ann Downlinff died in 1791. There mark contained the initials PB JB in simple plain form with a square. Peter Bateman and now Ann Bateman (widow to Jonathan) registered a mark Peter and Ann Bateman in 1791 which contained PB AB. Hester Bateman died in a few years later in 1794 and the business continued to thrive in the family. In 1800 registered mark Peter, Ann and William Bateman was introduced as William the son of Johnathan and Ann joined his Mother and Uncle in partnership, their mark contained the initials PB AB and WB stacked on top of each other in a square. When Ann retired in 1805 the registered mark Peter and William was entered as PB WB. From 1815 to 1840 William Bateman was registered alone.